The latest video to take the Internet by storm is the super sweet animated short film In a Heartbeat. The relatable film gives true meaning to the saying: the heart wants what the heart wants.
Created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, students of Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design, the film depicts a heartbreaking dilemma many people face when opening up about their sexuality. It stars a young closeted boy whose heart beats right out of his chest every time he sees the boy of his dreams. In the span of five minutes, the boy battles with his eager heart as it openly chases his love interest.
It’s a coming-of-age moment for animated film, after decades of strictly depicting heteronormative relationships. In a mere three days, the film has managed to garner over six million views on YouTube. Clearly, this touching love story has captivated hearts all over the world. It’s a symbolic tale of the importance of being true to yourself; an expression of the sentiment that #lovewins.
Possibly even more beautiful than the original is one YouTuber’s reaction to it. On August 1, commenter Jackie-Ross Lavender posted a video of him watching it, after waiting two months since the trailer was released. The YouTuber also shared a photo of himself and his boyfriend with the comment, “So this is a picture of my boyfriend Reiss and I. Do we qualify as the grown-up version of these kids in this beautiful short?” Oddly enough, the two almost perfectly resemble the boys in the film.